Urban terrorism isn’t going to stop. Can city planners help reduce its lethal impact?
By Washington Post,June 22, 2017
The van attack that killed one and left several injured near Finsbury Park mosque in north London last weekend is the latest in a sequence of high-profile, low-tech terrorist attacks in major urban areas. Before this latest incident, a van and knife assault on London Bridge and in nearby Borough Market on June 3 shocked leaders and citizens, a similar attack in Westminster killed five, and on July 14, 2016, a terrorist slaughtered 86 in Nice, France, by plowing through a pedestrian walkway in a large cargo truck. Across the Atlantic, a driver killed one and injured several by attempting to run down pedestrians in New York City’s Times Square last year, after which an Islamic State-affiliated media channel warned that there will be more vehicular attacks to come. To date, the Islamic State has produced guidance materials showing would-be terrorists how to kill with cars, trucks and knives.